Manchester United’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday marks the second anniversary of Marcus Rashford’s spectacular debut – but the forward is not expected to be in the starting line-up.
It has been an extraordinary two years for Marcus Rashford since the night he scored twice on his Manchester United debut against FC Midtjylland. He scored two more against Arsenal that weekend and there has barely been time to catch his breath since, with trophies lifted and England caps won.
But just as recently as October, there were supporters booing Jose Mourinho’s decision to replace Rashford with Anthony Martial with the game goalless against Tottenham. But the Frenchman proceeded to score the winner and the mood shifted quickly. Rashford has not started any of United’s last seven Premier League games since the draw with Burnley on Boxing Day.
With Alexis Sanchez’s arrival pushing him further down the manager’s list in the wide positions too, flexibility is Rashford’s best hope of game time. But is it really his best hope of fulfilling his potential?
The huge game against Chelsea on Sunday is a fixture that underlines what he is capable of at his best. It was in this corresponding contest back in April that he was drafted in as a surprise replacement for the benched Zlatan Ibrahimovic and soon scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win, delivering a man of the match performance as a central striker.
Can he replicate that form or has he dipped so much he should not even be considered for the world cup?